The textbooks recommended for the English Language Arts (ELA) curriculum were reviewed and evaluated by a small committee including six ELA teachers using the current NAD English Standards and other established criteria to inform the selection process. The recommended textbook list is constructed for a standards-based curriculum and no single publisher can be unilaterally and unequivocally recommended. The following recommendations are deemed to be effective resources to support a standards-based instructional program; however, publishers have not created a textbook that is fully aligned with Christian values.
Grade 9 texts emphasis developing an understanding of literary genres and using the writing process to produce paragraphs and papers of 5 paragraphs; as well as listening skills, grammar skills, study skills, and reference skills.
Grade 10 texts emphasis is placed on developing an understanding of literary elements, devices, and themes of modern literature in addition to using the writing process to produce specific types of papers. Speaking and listening skills, vocabulary skills, study and reference skills, and a study of mass media are also included.
Grade 11 texts involve the study of literature, language, and composition; with an emphasis placed on developing an understanding of major authors, periods, features, and themes of American literature. There is also a focus on using the writing process to produce specific types of papers, including literary analysis, the documented argumentative essay, and a research paper.
Through the study of a variety of text types and media, students build knowledge, analyze ideas, delineate arguments, and develop writing, collaboration, and communication skills.